Assistance to High Energy Cost Grants

Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government and Tribal agencies, IHEs, and individuals in eligible areas to reduce energy costs for families and individuals. Applicants are advised to complete the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date. Funding is intended to benefit rural households that currently pay 275% of the national average or higher.
Eligible Use of Funds:To finance the acquisition, construction, or improvement of facilities serving residential customers or communities, including: Electric generation, transmission and distribution facilities, including: Equipment, materials, and activities Land or right-of-way acquisition, professional expenses, engineering and permitting costs Natural gas distribution and storage facilities, including equipment, materials, and activities Petroleum product storage and handling facilities, including equipment, materials, and activities Renewable energy facilities, including solar, wind, hydropower or biomass technologies used for onor off-grid: Electric power generation Water or space heating Process heating and power Backup or emergency power generation or energy storage technology, including generation equipment installed on consumer premisesImplementation of initiatives such as: Energy efficiency improvements and conservation measures (i.e. weatherization of residences and community facilities) Programs encouraging the use of energy-saving appliances and devices Programs aimed at improving the quality and cost of energy service Additional requirements include: Borrowers must have the legal authority to provide, construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities or services All facilities receiving federal financing must be used for a public purpose Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private, and nonprofit entities are encouraged

Sub Title
Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Tribes, IHEs, and Individuals to Reduce Rural Energy Costs
Funding Source

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

07/06/21 Electronic Receipt or Postmarked by Date
Agency Type
Eligibility Criteria

City or township governments
County governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Independent school districts
Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Public housing authorities
See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
Small businesses
Special district governments
State governments

Estimated Total Program Funding
Number of Grants
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Estimated Size of Grant
- Award Ceiling: $3,000,000- Award Floor: $100,000
Contact Information

“Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source’s website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Direct questions to:
Robin Meigel, Finance Specialist,
Rural Utilities Service, Electric Programs
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 1568, Room 4121 South Building
Washington, DC 20250– 1568
Telephone (202) 720–9545
Email [email protected]

Rural Electric Program staff